Advanced Wound Healing Institute
Dr. Kevin Lam * Dr. Chapman
Dr. Patrick Bartholomew * Dr. Isin Mustafa
Dr. Lauren Pelucacci * Dr. Sahiba Singh
Dr. Robert Bello * Dr. Lori DeBlasi
Dr. Joseph Altepeter * Dr. Karan Malani
Welcome to the Family Foot & Leg Center Opened in 2005 by Dr. Kevin Lam
as the premier center for foot / ankle medical & surgical care.
Surprisingly, the most common cause of ulcers in people with diabetes is constant pressure and rubbing, usually from ill-fitting footwear. Diabetics are more prone to develop wounds that don’t heal easily due to:
- Nerve damage or neuropathy – Those with nerve problems can develop a blister or a tiny wound and oftentimes not even notice that it is there.
- Problems with circulation – This results to reduced oxygen supply to the feet and therefore have difficulty with wound healing.
- Foot deformities such as toes becoming crooked or collapse of the arch.
To prevent foot ulcers, make sure that your shoes fit well. Prescription shoes or custom orthotics have the advantage of relieving areas of increased pressure, stabilizing foot deformities, and provide stability.
For socks, the best option is wearing white ones, typically cotton to easily detect any seepage or blood in from the feet. If you have corns and calluses, see your podiatrist and resist the urge to file or treat it yourself. This can lead to injury and potential problems in the future.
If you have diabetes, it is recommended to use footwear both indoors and outdoors. Use stockings or socks to protect your feet. Change into clean socks on a daily basis. Cut your toenails regularly, resist the urge to manipulate your nails.
Wash your feet thoroughly, preferably mild antibacterial soap and dry thoroughly especially in spaces between the toes. Moisturizing the feet is very important, especially during the winter to keep the skin from cracking. Do not apply lotion between the toes.
Inspect your feet daily. It is best to have someone inspect it for you. If you must do it yourself, use a mirror to be sure to see every part of the soles, heels, and toes.
Go to a podiatrist or a foot doctor at least once or twice a year, whether or not you think you have a foot issue. A comprehensive foot examination will determine the risk factors that may result in foot ulcers or worse, consequent foot amputation.
Wound Care - what Podiatrists do
to save your feet
**There are approximately 29 million people with diabetes in the US and it is estimated that 1 in people over the age of 65 have diabetes. Over the next 20 years, it is expected that this problem is only going to get worse.
When peripheral neuropathy develops, the incidence of ulcer formation increases. The 3-year mortality for people with diabetes increases from 13% to 28% with an ulcer. Following a lower extremity amputation, the 5-year mortality increases to 60%.
Diabetic foot ulcers lead to amputation and mortality, and thus, it is very important to prevent them.
At Family Foot and Leg Center, we offer advanced wound care for your feet and legs.
Our doctors are well-trained from residency in conservative and advanced wound care options from simple debridement to advance grafting and flap techniques.
9 convenient locations throughout Collier, Lee,
Charlotte, and Sarasota Counties,
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We keep you walking.
We welcome you as a patient to our podiatry practice in Florida. We currently have 8 locations across Lee, Collier, and Charlotte counties, We are grateful that you have chosen us as your complete foot and lower leg care center.
ADVANCED HEALING TECHNOLOGIES
At FFLC, we use advanced wound healing technologies to help keep patients out of the hospital and onto healing.
- Faster recovery time
- Better results
- Improved long-term outlook
- Optimal quality of life
We use in-office advanced wound healing products from Organogenesis
We help you heal faster without the need of going to a hospital where risk of catching MRSA may be higher.
If a hospital or facility surgery is necessary we offer ultrasound debridement,
split thickness grafting, full thickness grafting, muscle and vascular flap techniques.
We have 9 convenient locations throughout Collier, Lee, Charlotte,
and Sarasota Counties to serve your foot and ankle needs:
730 Goodlette Road
FFLC North Naples
840 111th avenue north,
21401 Corkscrew Village Lane, Suite 4
FFLC Cape coral
530 S.E. 16th place, Suite A
FFLC @ Sarasota
3110 Fruitville Commons Blvd
Suite 102, Sarasota, FL
Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers
- Offloading – taking away the pressure by putting pads around the area; surgical options
- Antibiotics to control infections
- Wound care – cleaning out the dead tissue to allow the wound to heal
- Restoration of blood circulation for PAD (peripheral artery disease) – along with vascular specialists
- Administration of activated collagen
- Skin flaps, skin grafts, and/or skin substitutes with growth factors to help in healing
- Tendo-Achilles lengthening
- Advise patient on proper shoe wear, inspection of feet everyday, medical management of diabetes, proper nutrition
- Follow-up with a podiatrist at least every 6 months, sooner if you have pre-ulcerative lesions on your feet / lower extremities
**There are approximately 29 million people with diabetes in the US and it is estimated that 25% people over the age of 65 have diabetes. Over the next 20 years, it is expected that this problem is only going to get worse.
The 3-year mortality for people with diabetes increases from 13% to 28% with an ulcer. Following a lower extremity amputation, the 5-year mortality increases to 60%.
Diabetic foot ulcers lead to amputation and mortality, and thus, it is very important to prevent them. At Family Foot and Leg Center, we offer advanced wound care for your feet and legs. Our doctors are well trained from residency in conservative and advanced wound care options from simple debridement to advance grafting and flap techniques.
If you have a foot, ankle, leg, knee wound, do not delay.
Schedule an appointment at any of our 9 convenient locations
throughout Collier, Lee, Charlotte, and Sarasota Counties
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Super friendly staff, knowledgeable doctor. If you have a problem with your foot Jake Powers is the doctor to see.
After a successful cure from a knee injury, I'm glad that one of my extended family member sought consultation from Dr. Dunleavy at the Fort Myers FFLC and is now absolutely fine. The patient had a bunion in the left foot which needed to be removed. He underwent the painless and scar free Bunionectomy at FFLC. We thank the specialized podiatrist panel of FFLC and recommend the center for anyone with conditions of the foot and leg.